Let’s face it, who doesn’t want to look like they just stepped out of the magazine cover for Vogue? All the beautifully chiselled cheekbones, flawless skin, sharp noses and gorgeous jaw lines; we love it! It’s taken all make-up lovers by a storm except it’s quite difficult to achieve that full Kim Kardashian face transformation that is so popular on Social Media today and that is also mainly achieved by using the magic of Photoshop. Most online contouring tutorials that you see online are utterly terrifying for the average person. Therefore trying to compete with them will only result in a lot of heartbreaks. Trust me!
Contouring for me has always been a magical process, to NOT change your face into someone else’s, but play with lights and shadows to enhance our beautiful features.
If and when done correctly, it can make every unique feature stand out and look more defined. Who doesn’t want that?
As a professional make-up artist, majority of the questions I get on a daily basis is always about contouring. The images you see on Google or Instagram with harsh white and dark brown streaks drawn all over the face is meant to be a GUIDE on where to place the colours. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to draw all over your face and then feel lost when trying to blend them all in together. Unless you have tons of practice you’ll end up looking like you have a muddy mask on your face. So. Much. Can. Go. Wrong! So, don’t feel scared when you see these pictures and think that that is how it has to be done.Tips 1) A good base is very important. Use a foundation that is colour matched to your skin. Undertones are extremely important. If you are warm toned, go for warm tones. You will still look bright! My personal favourite at the moment is the NARS Weightless Luminous Silk Foundation. 2) Use a concealer a shade or two lighter for the highlight and a shade or two darker for contour – nothing more. You want your contour shade to be cool toned. Remember you are mimicking the shadows over the natural hollows of your face and shadows are always more cool toned. I love the LA Girl Pro HD Concealers for this, Creamy Beige/Classic Ivory for highlight and Beautiful Bronze/Toast for the contours to be more precise. Then there are the MAC ProLongWear Concealers, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealers, Bobbi Brown Stick Foundations or the Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kits to make life easier. 3) Don’t go for all those harsh white and dark shades. It will completely change your skin tone and make you look gray and muddy. You want to look bright, fresh and radiant! 4) Tackle a feature at a time if you’re still new to this. Use a little product, see where it goes. You can always add more if needed but it becomes a hot mess if there is too much going on. Less is always more! Build your way slowly to the perfect chiselled face. 5) Blending is the key! Blend, blend, blend. Blend till you can’t move your hands anymore. You’ll thank me later. Brushes from Morphe, Zoeva or Sigma are some of my favourites! I love the Real Techniques Complexion Sponge to blend everything in at the end for a flawless finish. 6) Try starting out with powders first. They are fairly easier than cream contouring. Once you are more comfortable and confident you can then move onto cream contouring and then you can set them with the powders – the Kat Von D, Anastasia Beverly Hills or Lorac Contour Kits are bombdotcom! 7) We all love highlighters. It’s an obsession for me. However, as much as we all want to glow our way out to space, we don’t want to go overboard and end up looking like an oily mess. Use sparingly on the highest points of the face and you will end up with a beautiful sheen that everyone will envy! I love my Becca Skin Perfectors, MAC Soft & Gentle will always be forever love, Mary LouManizer from theBalm is also amazing and so are the Saleha Beauty Highlighters! Keep calm and practice! It’s just make-up and there are no set rules. There could be a million different ways and tricks to do one thing. Play around and find out which technique suits you and your needs best!